The death sentence on Palestinian poet 2

By Saheed Ahmad Rufai



The exercise of academic freedom among Muslim scholars is traceable to their expression of the Oneness of God over which there is no disagreement among them. Ibn Sina was later to take the lead in offering a philosophical definition of God as the necessary existent Wajib al-wajub which, according to Henry Calder is a concept that suffered a rejection among Sunni theologians, for sometime. Consequently, this notion of God was comprehended, appreciated and embraced in Sunni theological circles “through the influence of those scholars who admired the philosophers, and especially through the influence of Fakhr-al-Din al-Razi (d.1209) who fell in love with Ibn Sina’s scholarly articulation of right belief. This later culminated in the conception of God among Sunni scholars as not only one but also the necessary existent. The outcome of such conception was the emergence of patterns, perspectives and dimensions in the articulation of right belief. Expectedly, there were areas of disputes in addressing which theologians and jurists exercised freedom of thought and expression.


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Trouble in search of the other Nigeria

By Kole Omotoso. Originally published on


E jawo ninu apon ti ko yo!
E lo gb’omi ‘la kana!

Desist from the pursuit of a blind alley!
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Ghanaian writer Kwei Armah refreshes an old debate

An angry Ayi Kwei Armah seems to be delighting in rubbing in his disdain for the acknowledged father of the African novel, Chinua Achebe, in a new collection of essays titled Remembering the Dismembered Continent .

Best known for his 1968 debut novel The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Armah reproduces in the collection two sarcastic letters he wrote Achebe in response to Achebe’s critique of Armah in one of the essays in Achebe’sMorning Yet on Creation Day (published in 1975). Continue reading

The death sentence on Palestinian Poet Part 1

By Saheed Rufai


One is getting increasingly worried about the possible injurious nature of views and declarations recently associated with a revered country and an esteemed scholar over the literary creativity and, by extension, academic freedom of a Palestinian poet, Ashraf Fayyad. The country involved is the sacred seat of the two Holy Mosques, Saudi Arabia while the scholar concerned is the esteemed Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka. 

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Did Nollywood producer steal author’s story for his movie?


Did Nollywood producer steal author’s story for his movie?

Writer Ify Asia Chiemeziem is accusing Nollywood producer Reginald Ebere of stealing her story for his movie | Photo: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim 

In continuation of the controversies that have rocked the creative industry, as 2016 rolled in, a Nigerian writer, Ify Asia Chiemeziem, is accusing Nollywood producer, Reginald Ebere, of intellectual property theft having purportedly stolen the story in one of her e-books for a film he recently produced. Daily Trust reports. Continue reading

Etisalat Prize: Not a race for Nigerian writers


Nigeria’s dominance of the literary scene in Africa in terms of prizes won is not in doubt. The country has won every available international prize on offer – from the Commonwealth to the Caine, the Booker and the Nobel Prize and more.

But observers have begun to worry over the country’s poor showing in a homegrown literary competition originating from the continent. In its third year in a row since the telecommunication company, Etisalat Nigeria, instituted the pan-African Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2013, Nigeria’s fiction writers have failed to win the prize. Instead East and South African writers have continued to hold the aces. Continue reading

Could This Be Literary Fraud? Dissecting Cyprian Ekwensi’s An African Night Entertainment And John Tafida’s Jiki Magayi By Ibrahim Musa


In the literary world, Cyprian Ekwensi is a household name. This holds true particularly for the volume of work he churned out within the corpus of African literature. He was a very good story teller, especially of the urban tale, that many people see him as a better story teller than the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka or even the more famous novelist, Chinua Achebe. In stark contrast, John Tafida can be considered a nonentity. He is not even popular in the region (Northern Nigeria) where he was born and bred, and where Hausa, the language he wrote in is the unofficial lingua franca. The world knows very little about Tafida, who lived in the obscure Wusasa quarters in Zaria and wrote, perhaps, only one book in a vernacular. All these disadvantages robbed him of a chance to popularity and even a recognition for Pulitzer or Booker Prize, or some other award. In another contrast, the two did not even write in the same medium (language), and there was no clear evidence their paths ever crossed. Continue reading